Harry Pirie-Gordon was a prominent member of the Order of St John and a great enthusiast for the history of the crusades, 1 who travelled extensively in the Middle East, both before and during the First World War and was one of a group of young men, who in the early 1900s decided to found their own Order, called the Order of Sanctissima Sophia. His was therefore a life which epitomised both piety and pugnacity.